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Expert Advice: 6 Quick Styling Tips For Your First Home Makeover

Keep in mind these reminders for a successful home improvement project


If you've been following the makeovers featured in Real Living, chances are, you'd want to give your home a much needed new look, too. Choosing to renovate the home entails a lot of big decisions that you need to study thoroughly. Aside from setting aside a budget, you also need to finalize the look and style of your space. Given the list of must-dos and things to consider, you might be at a crossroads on how or where to begin. To help you out, here are basic styling tips to keep in mind:

1. Make a final decision.

Choose which items you'd want to keep—this applies to both big and small pieces. From there, you can decide on a color scheme for your makeover. Neutral tones with accents are easiest to work with and is also foolproof. Along with color, consider the look that you’re going for—may it be country, nautical, rustic, or modern. Your chosen style will dictate the finishes you'd want to select.

2. Revamp existing pieces.

Breathe new life into existing furniture pieces by repainting or reupholstering them. Apply wallpaper at the back of shelving units to update its ook. For these improvements, it's best to work with a professional.

3. Dress up a focal wall.

If you don’t want to go as far as repainting or installing wallpaper on your walls, liven up a bare wall with a gallery of picture frames. Display personal photos or framed prints in your living and dining areas. You can also work with decorative items like plates, wood décor, metal figures, and mirrors. To make it extra interesting, see how you can mix-and-match the pieces for a playful vibe.

4. Style with fabric.

One of the easiest ways to go about with a quick makeover is by playing with fabric. To put together your room’s look, color, texture, and pattern can be incorporated through your soft furnishings.

Using the said elements in varied doses for your curtains, pillows, throws, linens, and area rugs is a great way to create a point of interest in your interior. Upholstery for smaller furniture pieces like an accent chair or an ottoman can also be updated to go with the new look.

5. Personalize with things you like.

Consider bringing out and showcasing personal pieces that can be used as décor and work with what you have. You’d want to achieve a style that is more personal rather than staged. There are no rules when it comes to styling. Aside from décor you can buy from stores, you can also feature everyday items like an old camera, your favorite bag, perfume bottles, and decorative plates—experiment with items that appeal to you.

6. Make use of greens.

As much as you are tempted to use plastic plants and flowers for ease of maintenance, real plants can instantly bring life to your interior. These greens not only accentuate areas in your house but also give your space a breath of fresh air.

PHOTOS (in order): Place of My Taste and Live Love Interior (Main) | My Life As Eva | Centsational Girl | Avenue | The Interior Collective.

Interior designer Vera Villarosa-Orila is an alumna of the University of the Philippines and is one of the go-to designers for the Real Living Makeovers. You can get in touch with her through e-mail: vera.villarosa[at]



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